Repowering project will create biggest wind farm in the Netherlands


Holland’s Windparke Zeewolde has signed a 320MW turbine purchase from Enercon as part of its repowering plan that will see the facility become the largest onshore wind farm in the Netherlands.

The supply and service agreement, made for an undisclosed sum comprises of 74 turbines from the company’s EP3 platform, the largest of which is 4.2MW, and has a tip height of 220 meters.

The project will commence in late 2019, and involves replacing the 220 existing turbines, as well as a new substation and two transformers, being built by ABB Power Grids, which will supply energy produced to the grid via a 6.5 kilometre cable. The new ABB infrastructure will also deliver power from other wind and solar projects and is expected to be operational by 2020.

Windparke Zeewolde managing director Sjoerd Sieburgh Sjoerdsma said: “We have selected Enercon based on the yield of the EP3 turbines, the good availability of the construction crews and the track record of partnership.”

Vattenfall recently signed a long-term power-purchase agreement (PPA) for power generated by the repowered wind farm.

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